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With UFC 238 this past weekend, it produced amazing fights in which a few could make the case for a future title fight. Here are the top three title fights that should happen sooner than later:
3: Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo for the Bantamweight Championship
It has been a wild ride for the rising Aljamain Sterling and new Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo. With his newest title, Cejudo is the fifth fighter in UFC history to be labeled as a ‘Double Champion’ in the UFC.
Sterling’s last loss was to Marlon Moraes, who suffered defeat to Cejudo on Saturday. Since then, Sterling holds wins over former champion Renan Barao, Cody Stamann, Brett Johns, Jimmie Rivera, and Pedro Munhoz.
Cejudo is more focused on fighting larger names such as Cody Garbrandt, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, simply based on legacy. While those fights would be great to see, you can’t count out Sterling.
2: Tatiana Suarez vs Jessica Andrade for the Women’s Strawweight Championship
In the past month, both Jessica Andrade and Tatiana Suarez have made a statement within the women’s Strawweight division. Andrade secured the title, meanwhile Suarez remained undefeated with a win over Nina Ansaroff.
Suarez has been making a run for the belt since her debut, defeating Alexa Grasso, former Champion Carla Esparza, and now Ansaroff. Suarez is currently the #3 ranked Strawweight with a 10-0 record.
With talks of rematches between Andrade and either Rose Namajunas or Joanna Jedrzejczyk being rumored, it’s not difficult to add more than enough reasons as to why Suarez should be the next suitor.
1: Tony Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov/Poirier for the UFC Lightweight Championship
The UFC has attempted to schedule a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov on more than a few occasions, but now with Dustin Poirier being added to the mix, we will see who can walk out as the undisputed champion. Despite the ending to his fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238, Ferguson is more than deserving of a title fight.
Since moving up to the Lightweight division, it has been a wild ride for Poirier. So far, he holds wins over larger names in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and Max Holloway.
We also can’t forget about the dominance of Nurmagomedov either. His undefeated streak merits him as the #3 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, only trailing Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. After taking out the most elite competition the Lightweight division has to offer, a fight against Poirier and then potentially Ferguson makes sense.
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